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the bread basket, the section of the u.s. that feeds its share of the world, is burning up right now. the worst conditions they've seen since 1956. the governor of illinois says his state has never seen anything like this. he calls it a disaster of epic proportions. over one-third of the u.s. corn crop is in big trouble. over half the country is now affected. the problem is forecasters can't point to any rain on the way. it is where we begin this evening with nbc's kevin tibbles in walker, iowa tonight. kevin, good evening. >> reporter: brian, this is corn country and it is parched. these would usually be fully formed ears of corn by now. in this state they're pretty much worthless. and farmers at the grain elevator behind me in walker say they know their yields are going to be way down this year. many are starting to wonder whether they'll get any crop in at all. many farmers are throwing up their hands and looking to the heavens. >> we've done all we can do and it's up to the good lord to supply the water and send it on time. >> reporter: more than half the country, 55%, is now in
ceremonies. nbc's kevin tibbles is here with us covering all of it. good evening. >> brian, talk about the highest of drama on the opening day. the greatest swimmer of all time at these games against the challenger who says he wants to be king. well, tonight, ryan lochte dethroned michael phelps. >> phelps in lane four -- >> it was a showdown like no other on the olympic stage. 14-time gold medalist michael phelps taking on the challenger, ryan lochte. >> there are two major duel that's we would have between lochte and phelps. this is the first one. and i think, my opinion, is the most important one because it sets up the momentum for the rest of the olympic games. >> reporter: they call the men's 400 individual medley the toughest race of all and phelps has owned it. winning gold in athens and beijing. eight grueling laps. but at this morning's preliminaries, phelps was sluggish, barely making the cut by the narrowest of margins, .07 of a second. and he wasn't happy. phelps was trying to save energy for the final, to the point where he almost missed it. >> he has to be able to manage
, often in water. in chicago tourists found a new use for the iconic bean sculpture. shade from the sun. >> what did you think when you saw the shade? >> oh, let me in there. let me in there. >> this is really cool. guys did a good job. >> literally cool. >> it is cool here. >> reporter: a few blocks away heat buckled the pavement. >> this is happening across the country from wisconsin to texas. you're seeing streets buckling all over the place. >> reporter: in st. louis where it broke 100 degrees for the eighth straight day air conditioning repairmen worked overtime. >> i worked yesterday. >> reporter: today more record highs. at least 20 cities from atlanta to as far north as wisconsin. forecasters say relief may be just around the corner. >> we are looking at this pattern change to take place by the end of this weekend and certainly by the beginning of next week. it's going to feel much more comfortable especially for the middle of the country. >> reporter: hundreds of thousands of people remain without power after last week's storms. outside washington, d.c. most of lisa's neighbors
on, girls. >> reporter: it's a routine karen is used to -- feeding her cows -- but this usually happens later in the year -- october or november -- after the grass is gone. her pastures have never been this brown and barren this early. >> it's just devastating. it looks like what i count the desert. >> reporter: she has sold off 100 of her 250-head herd because she can't afford to feed them. the most severe drought in the state's history could soon claim her livelihood of three decades. >> if no significant rain comes, i'll have to go out of business. i just don't have any grass and won't be able to afford the hay prices. >> reporter: while government scientists say more than half the country is in some form of drought, this entire state is dry. farm equipment sits idle. there's nothing to cut and bale. the only real activity is at the sales auction, ranchers selling off cattle, a move experts say could raise beef prices by 10% over the next year. >> the bottom line is if we don't have cattle to produce calves then we're not going to have a calf crop. >> reporter: in a dozen yea
are joined by mike sidell in washington. what can you tell us? >> good evening. by the way atlanta set an all time high of 106. we thought it would get a couple of degrees cooler. hit 106. it took the city 32 years to break that all time record but only one day to tie it. in oo louisville, kentucky four consecutive days with 100 degree heat. in south carolina the heat index of 116. planning a break on monday with temperatures still 5 to 10 dgz above average. on july 4th the core of heat shifts west. on friday storms knocked out power to 200,000 customers in chicago. winds were clocked at 80 miles per hour. it is much smaller and showing no signs of growth both promising signs. if they make it to d.c. it would be after midnight if they make it here. they would be much weaker. >> thanks so much. >>> out west tonight firefighters are gaining ground on that massive wildfire burning in colorado. at this hour 57 major fires are still burning across the country. 50 of them west of the mississippi. the fire near colorado springs torched homes and prompted thousands of evacuations. tonight some evacue
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